Saturday, February 8, 2014

Justice Scalia - Internment Camps May Well Return

I believe that the Western Democracies are there for the good of the people. 

Why don't you trust your government?

Both of these are being heard more frequently than in years past, and that is frightening in and of itself.

In Common Sense, Thomas Paine correctly states that government is a necessary evil that is only unavoidable due to the nature of Man. Being staffed and often influenced by those who desire power, no government can have the inherent ability to avoid falling into a state of despotism. Progressives and other Leftists will tell us otherwise; they assert that history in nothing other than a march to the inevitable - a worldwide society without nations, classes, ethnic groups, genders, family, and religions with any purpose. This society will overcome all  inequality, which was the only true causes of the problems that we wrongfully ascribed to the nature of Man.

In Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville noted that Americans are raised with the understanding that government must not be given any sort of blind trust:

"The citizen of the United States is taught from infancy to rely upon his own exertions in order to resist the evils and the difficulties of life; he looks upon the social authority with an eye of mistrust and anxiety, and he claims its assistance only when he is unable to do without it....."

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia recently gave what was in effect a reminder about that which we just read.

"HONOLULU (TheBlaze/AP) — Don’t fool yourself into believing that the Supreme Court will never again allow a wartime violation of civil rights like it did in allowing internment camps for Japanese-Americans during World War II, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia warned law students at the University of Hawaii on Monday.

Scalia said the nation’s highest court was wrong to uphold the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, but something similar could easily happen during a future conflict.

In a 1944 decision in Korematsu v. United States, the Supreme Court upheld the convictions of Gordon Hirabayashi and Fred Korematsu for violating an order to report to an internment camp.

He also cited a Latin expression meaning, “In times of war, the laws fall silent.”

“Well of course Korematsu was wrong. And I think we have repudiated in a later case. But you are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again,” Scalia told students and faculty during a lunchtime Q-and-A session......."

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